Autism in Mann was established in 1991 by two parents with families affected by autism, who wanted to reach out and help other affected people, parents and carers. The charity has been involved in the local community ever since.

Autism is a type of developmental disability and is lifelong. There are different types, but all people show difficulty with social interaction, communication and imagination.

People with autism are said to be on “the autistic spectrum”. The word ‘spectrum’ is used because, while all people with autism share the three common areas of difficulty, each person will be affected in very different and unique ways.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder can prove isolating not just for the person with it, but also for their parents/carers and siblings.

Our Aims

Our continued aim is to support people and families dealing with autism and to promote further understanding of autism in the community. We do this through:

  • Collaborative working together with other charities and organisations to provide training opportunities for members and professionals
  • We have independently brought expert speakers over for training days and seminars
  • We produce a quarterly newsletter and our library books are available to borrow from the Family Library in Westmoreland Road
  • Autism in Mann is a member charity of Project 21 which has worked to build Centre 21 for people with learning difficulties
  • Social events are held for parents and families, such as coffee mornings, film nights, swimming and fun sessions giving opportunities for young people with autism to have fun and socialise
  • Monthly meetings are held, giving and sharing of information and providing parent to parent support
  • We are constantly looking at ways to help and expand opportunities for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

How are we financed?

We are a parent led organisation run by families affected by autism for families affected by autism and are completely self funded. Autism in Mann receives a small annual subscription from members.

How you can help

People with autism often act in what we may think an inappropriate manner, but they frequently do not appear different in any other way. Please show understanding and think differently about people with autism and their families.

We aim to give support in as many ways as we can. If you would like to help us with fundraising, sponsorship or with a donation we would love to hear from you.